Proclamation, an attempt to truncate Biafra’s realisation, IPOB alleges
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) says the only reason behind the proclamation of June 12 last week by President Muhammadu Buhari as Democracy Day was to checkmate its activities and frustrate the realisation of their republic.
In a statement yesterday by the Publicity Director, Emma Powerful, IPOB said the announcement was also to truncate any understanding and alliance between the East and West with regards to a renegotiated Nigeria before 2019.
The release reads in part: “It appears there is no length the present Buhari administration will not go in its futile quest to counter IPOB agitation for a sovereign independent nation of Biafra.
“After another resoundingly successful May 30, 2018 sit-at-home order from IPOB, it came to us as no surprise when the Arewa north moved to pacify the Yoruba by declaring June 12 as the new Democracy Day. It has clearly dawned on them that IPOB is the authentic voice of the people of the East, thereby rendering their slaves in Ohaneze Ndigbo and governors lodges in the South East impotent.
‘Their next best move is to gain the confidence of the West in order to checkmate the rising influence of those that have come to forge an alliance strong enough to rattle the status quo.
“Our successful sit-at-home order in 2017 prompted the Arewa Consultative Forum to direct their youths to issue Igbo residing in the North with a quit notice. This culminated in a brutal military invasion of the home of our leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, sanctioned by stakeholders in the region in what they termed Operation Python Dance.
“They came to kill, maim and crush IPOB for good. An equally devastatingly successful May 30 sit-at-home called by IPOB in 2018 has sent shock waves to the ruling cabal in the north that IPOB, not Ohaneze Ndigbo or Igbo governors, is the true representatives of the people of the (South) East.”
The statement continued: “As with the clamour for restructuring, it can now also be confidently stated without fear of contradiction that this overriding need to checkmate IPOB is the sole reason behind the June 12 Democracy Day announcement by Aso Rock. A cynical move designed to truncate any East/West alliance or understanding with regards to a renegotiated Nigeria before 2019.”
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